Don’t Spring for That Colorful Liquid Liner

October 29, 2009 Updated: October 30, 2009

Whether you swear by your neutral shadow but want a pop of color or your makeup collection looks like a rainbow in powder form, a brightly colored eyeliner is something that puts that extra zing in a look.

There are tons of colorful eyeliners out there in liquid, gel, and pencil form. But before you spring for even one of those liners, which may cost up to $25, consider trying a shadow-to-liner converter product.

These products are basically a clear liquid or gel that when mixed with loose or pressed eye shadow, turns the color into a liquid liner. They come in a slender bottle similar to the typical liquid liner. To use, drag the brush over the desired shadow and apply as you would a liquid liner. Wipe the color off the brush after your makeup application to avoid contaminating the gel with pigment.

This way, you can double the use of each of your shadows, save money, and have a wide array of eyeliner colors at your disposal. Besides, no cosmetics company carries more liner shades than they do eyeshadow shades.

One drawback to shadow-to-liner converters is that they tend to come in liquid form. If you must have gel or pencil form, then this might not be the option for you.

A few products on the market:

Too Faced Liquif-Eye felt tip: $17.50

Sephora "Tricks of the Trade" Eyeshadow Transformer: $10

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Transforming Potion, double-ended with one thick end and one thin end: $18

Illamasqua Sealing Gel: $12

MAC Pro stores carry a series of mixing mediums—for face, lashes, and eyes. Some formulas are gel, others water-based, and some alcohol based. Never use alcohol near the eyes.

Do-it-yourself method: Mix one part glycerin and three parts pure water as a mixing medium. Glycerin is inexpensive and available at many drugstores.